Borden Building and Fred Fletcher Amphitheater
Historic Resources and Museum Program
The Borden Building and Fred Fletcher Amphitheater are located in Fred Fletcher Park. The building and the amphitheater can be rented for weddings, parties, small conferences, bridal portraits, meetings, and other special events.
Site Features & Hours
The Borden Building is a non-staffed facility. If you are interested in renting the Borden Building or the Amphitheater and would like a tour of the facility please contact the Rental Manager at 919-996-4363.
- Indoor and outdoor rental space
- Camp in the summer
- Downstairs is handicap accessible
- Volunteer opportunities
- On site parking
The Borden Building and Fletcher Amphitheater do not offer an informal reservation system. The facilities are booked on a first come first serve basis.
The Borden Building and Amphitheater are available to rent everyday 10am-11pm excluding holidays.
Borden Venue Details
The Borden Building has various spaces inside and out. The downstairs can accommodate up to 100 people, and the upstairs 50 people. The house is large enough for a seated event of 102 people. The grounds on the east side of the building can be tented and accommodate up to 100 people, or 80 people seated. The maximum capacity for any event is 150 people. Amplified music, alcohol (beer & wine only), and dancing are allowed with some restrictions. The house also features a bride's room and groom's room upstairs. The Stone Circle to the west of the house is included in rentals of the Borden Building.
- $100/hour with a minimum of four consecutive hours
- $150/hour non-resident fee with a minimum of four consecutive hours
- $250 security/damage deposit (refundable)
- $80 cleaning fee
- $15 processing fee (non-refundable)
- $50 alcohol permit fee (non-refundable)
- $20/hr set up fee. This fee only applies the day before the rental. No food, drink, music, or dancing are allowed during set up time.
Fletcher Amphitheater Venue Details
Fred Fletcher Amphitheater can accommodate 300 people. A portion of the space can be tented and there is access to electricity. No alcohol is allowed in the amphitheater. Rental of the amphitheater is separate from rental of the Borden Building.
- $50/hour with a minimum of four consecutive hours
- $100 security/damage Deposit (refundable)
- $15 processing fee (non-refundable)
Events & Exhibits
Join us Dec. 15 and 16 for the Who are we? Raleigh’s People in Portraits exhibit final weekend on display. The exhibition is on display in the historic Borden Building in Fletcher Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Teaching Artist Rick Bennett will be onsite on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Teaching Artist Peter Marin will be onsite on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to answer questions about the program and exhibition. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
“Do you have a story to tell?” Through the Who are we? Raleigh’s People in Portraits exhibition, you’ll learn how 50 creative and curious older adults explored and answered that question in self-portrait form.
The goal of Raleigh’s People in Portraits was for participants ages 55+ to explore their own story and translate that story into a self-portrait over the course of 12 weeks. After several weeks of reflection activities, learning about modern self-portraits and portraits throughout history, basic instruction in drawing and painting, and self-portrait practice, participants began to work on a final self-portrait, deciding how to portray themselves. Some self-portraits stare directly back at the viewer, meeting their gaze. Some gaze into the distance, watching birds fly away. One self-portrait even became a collaboration with grandchildren! Participants worked in watercolor, in acrylic, and in mixed media, using chalk and oil pastels, collaging photos and magazine images and found materials into their final pieces.
The exhibition features the works of the following artists:
Delores Allen, Sheila Amos, Rick Bennett, Anita Berry, Pat Bulka, Frances Carmichael-Jones, Vivian P. Cobb, Cris Crissman, Dorothy Cross, Clara Davis, Barbara diCiero, Kris Disque, Ute Dorna, Margaret E. Egerton, Mary Gentry, Kristine Gupta, Susan Hales, Elin Hanson, Adell Haywood, Robin Jacobs, Linda Johnston, Kathy Lagana, Betty Landes, Ann Logan, Barbara Long, Nada Jawad Mahmood, Kathy McKee, Andrea Mensch, Judy Mueller, Julie New, Heidi Nuttle, Shannon O'Shea, Judy Patoka, Marlene Pelligrino, Gretchen Phillips, Carol G. Potter, Wilda Rhodes, Wanda Webb Schrader, Melissa Shephard, Laurie Skwerer, Karen E Smith, Nancy Stevens, Cathy Stevenson, MaryKay Tate, Connie Tichy, Anitra Todd, Sheree Ward, Sharon D. Ware, Cecilia Wingfield, and Rosemary Wright
This free program was made possible by Pullen Arts Center, one of 10 organizations to receive a national 2017-2018 Catalyzing Creative Aging Program grant, led by the National Guild for Community Arts Education in partnership with Lifetime Arts, Inc., funded by Aroha Philanthropies, Music Man Foundation, and the Moca Foundation.
As a member you will help revitalize and preserve North Carolina's history. You will also enjoy cross program perks at the City of Raleigh Museum, The Raleigh Trolley, Mordecai Historic Park, Borden, Tucker, and Pope House Museum.
There are many perks:
- Free admission to select site and museum events
- Free admission for select tours
- Free admission to select lectures
- Free admission to Mordecai Historic Park
- Free admission to City of Raleigh Museum
- 10 percent gift shop discount at Mordecai and City Museum
- 10 percent discount on all site rentals
- The Raleigh Register Program Newsletter
The collection at the Borden Building consists of antiques purchased by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department when the structure underwent renovation in 1992, and other pieces donated to the site over the years. Some portraits and photos hanging at Borden feature Fred Fletcher for whom the home was named and children who grew up at the Methodist Home for Children.